Local Reviews: Joshua James

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Joshua James
The Sun Is Always Brighter
Intelligent Noise Records LLC/ Northplatte Records
Street: Re-released 06.06
Joshua James = Jason Mraz + Howie Day + Chaz Prymek
Okay, I’ve got to say it. Joshua James is hot. Really hot. Maybe it’s those blue eyes (they’ll get you every time), or perhaps it’s his great jawline, but this is supposed to be an album review, so let me get to the point. His swooning voice and lulling acoustics have made me fall head over heels in almost the same way that I did for Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys when I was in the fourth grade. But seriously, his album has got a good feel to it. In all truthfulness, it’s a bit too precious for my taste, but even in all my cynicism, I can appreciate the earnestness that oozes from the album. This guy wears his heart on his sleeve, and not just when it comes to love. Brighter is full of songs with dark undertones and serious topics like war and substance abuse, and the way they’re performed with such honesty makes them all the more meaningful. Joshua James will make your heart melt.